The first Bell-Boeing CMV-22B Osprey carrier on-board delivery (COD) tiltrotor aircraft for the US Navy (USN) made its maiden flight on 21 January.
The aircraft, serial number 9435, flew out of Bell's Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas ahead of delivery to the USN's Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 in the coming weeks for further developmental testing.
The USN is due to receive 48 CMV-22Bs to replace the Grumman C-2A Greyhound in the COD replenishment role, with entry into service slated for later in 2020 and full-operating capability scheduled to coincide with the retirement of the Greyhound in 2024.
"With the ability to travel up to 1,150 n miles, the CMV-22B will be a lifeline for our servicemen and women out at sea," Kristin Houston, vice president, Boeing Tiltrotor Programs and director, Bell Boeing V-22 Program, was quoted as saying. "The quality and safety built into this aircraft will revolutionise the way the US Navy fulfils its critical carrier onboard delivery mission."
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